During the COVID-19 pandemic, many CDL truck drivers retired or switched professions. Now, as the pandemic is winding down, there is an increase in consumer demand, prompting a need for more drivers. According to Chris Spear, the President and CEO of the American Trucking Association, the trucking industry is short well over 80,000 drivers. He also claims that the driver shortage will reach 160,000 drivers by 2030 and that there will be a need for 1,000,000 new drivers over the coming decade. Presently, there is a bipartisan infrastructure bill waiting approval in Congress which would authorize billions of dollars for transportation projects, and includes workforce changes allowing 18–20-year-old drivers access to CDL training, rather than having them wait to turn 21. As more drivers train to become CDL certified, and considering they all need a CDL examination at least once every two years, if not annually, the need for certified Medical Examiners nationwide remains strong.
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